American Association of School Librarians

K-8 school libraries invited to apply for $5,000 award recognizing outstanding programming

CHICAGO — School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) announced.

Nominations for the 2019 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming will be accepted until May 3, 2019.

Share Your Best Practice at AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is now accepting proposals for the best practice showcase to be held Sat., Nov. 16, during the 2019 AASL National Conference & Exhibition. More information on presentation requirements can be found at

Registration Opens for AASL National Conference

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the 2019 American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference & Exhibition. The conference, taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky, will bring together school librarians, administrators, authors, and exhibitors for in-depth learning and networking. Registration rates and date-sensitive, money-saving promo codes can be found at

Newbery Award Winning Author Matt de la Peña to Headline AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO – Award-winning author Matt de la Peña will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 9:30 a.m. on Sat., June 22, as part of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. 

AASL Celebrates 2019 School Library Month with Spokesperson Dav Pilkey

CHICAGO – Dav Pilkey, New York Times bestselling author of the Captain Underpants and Dog Man series, will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2019 celebration of School Library Month (SLM). Observed in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month celebrates school libraries as open, equitable, and personalized learning environments necessary for every student’s well-rounded education.

ALA announces 2019 Policy Corps members

The American Library Association (ALA) announced today the names of 10 library and information professionals selected to participate in the 2019 ALA Policy Corps, which aims to develop a cadre of experts with deep and sustained knowledge of national public policies in areas key to ALA’s strategic goals.

ALA’s Libraries Ready to Code awards 10 "Promising Practice" libraries for broadening participation and diversity in CS Ed programs

Today the American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Ready to Code initiative, sponsored by Google, announced 10 libraries to receive a “Promising Practice” award for programs they designed for Computer Science Education (CS Ed) Week in December 2018.

Brakel and Carroll Seek 2020-2021 AASL Presidency

CHICAGO – AASL members Lisa Brakel and Kathy Carroll will seek the 2020-2021 AASL presidential term during the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) election. The full slate of AASL candidates can be found at

AASL opens nominations for 2019 Social Media Superstars

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has opened nominations for its Social Media Superstars, which recognize outstanding social media users within the school library profession. These superstars enrich the profession and its work on behalf of students and school communities by sharing information, expertise, ideas, encouragement, dialog, and inspiration widely with stakeholders via a variety of social media channels.

Jim Belair Wins a Year of Free AASL Membership

CHICAGO – By sharing the wealth of AASL membership with a colleague, Jim Belair has won a free year of AASL membership. Belair's name was drawn as a monthly winner of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Share the Wealth Campaign. By referring Colleen Pittman to AASL, Belair has also been entered to win an AASL National Conference & Exhibition grand prize package, which includes registration, airfare, and hotel accommodations.